GARDEN WORTHY PLANTS
Cornus florida 'Appalachian Spring' Height 25'x 20' spread.
This selection of native Dogwood has larger leaves than typical but flowers at a young age. It is resistant to dogwood anthracnose and other leaf spotting diseases.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood ‘Ogon’
Slower and smaller growing than the species with bright gold feathery needles. This deciduous conifer will reach 15’ after 10 years with a 6’ spread. A nice golden accent in the sunny garden.
Halesia tetraptera ‘Rosy Ridge’ Carolina Silverbell Height 25’x 30’ spread.
This native flowering tree has clear pink bell-shaped flowers in spring before the leaves appear. Although it can take a full sun exposure, Carolina Silverbells are a great “woods edge” tree.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’ Ninebark
Although usually grown as a large 8-10’ drought tolerant shrub, this native can be trained into a single trunk small ornamental tree. With its deep purple red 3-5 lobed leaves, (sun for best color) to semi- shade, this is a good substitute for purple leafed plums as Japanese Beetles do not bother it. Although its white flowers are not the showiest the reddish fruits are very effective in the fall. As the trees bark ages it peels in long papery strips. As a shrub this plant can look very coarse and ragged in winter. Training and growing in tree form works well with this shrub.
Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ Staghorn Sumac 6’ height and spread
Chartreuse green new leaves change to bright yellow. Leaflets are deeply cut on purplish pink stems. Fall color is yellow, orange and scarlet. Unlike typical Rhus this is non-invasive and slow growing. Likes sun to semi shade and does well as a container plant.
Spirea betufolia ‘Tor’ Native spirea 4’x4’
Bright green foliage tinged red, fades to green then turns purplish red in the fall. Large clusters of tiny white flowers in May-June. An adaptable shrub for sun that works well in a mixed border or as a foundation plant. This is a great shrub for fall color. I have never had problems with mildew on this spirea and insects don’t seem to like it.
Zenobia pulverulenta ‘Woodlanders Blue’ 3’ height x 4’ spread
This deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub grows in semi-shade with blue gray leaves that change to yellow red in the fall. The fragrant white bell-shaped flowers bloom in May-June. The spreading arch shaped shoots of this shrub make it a good plant for the understory in a lightly shaded woodland garden.
Syringa lacinata Cutleaf Lilac height and spread 6’x6’
This is a unusual Lilac with lacy foliage and lavender purple flowers that bloom along the stems. Unlike typical Lilac foliage this shrub looks good all season. It does well in extreme heat as well as extreme cold and will do well in sun to part shade. The laciness of this shrub works well with broadleaf evergreens in light shade.
Deutzia gracilis ‘Chardonnay Pearls’ height and spread 4’x4’
Compact flowering shrub with yellow foliage for sun or part shade. The white flower buds resemble pearls or beads before opening to fragrant white flowers in June. This is an easy to grow compact shrub that looks great with the deep purple spikes of Salvias.
Calycanthus floridus ‘Micheal Lindsey’ sweet shrub height and spread 6’-8’
This selection of native sweet shrub has red brown fragrant flowers in April the same as the species, except it is more compact, with a dense rounded growth habit. A shrub for full sun to very light shade. Plant next to a path or near a patio to enjoy the fragrance of the flowers.
Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ height and spread 6’x8’
This is a large mounding shrub introduced by the JC Raulston Arboretum. It is a hybrid cross between our native sweeetshrub and Chinese sweet shrub. Therefore exhibiting the best traits of the two. Larger , fragrant flowers are wine red and open more fully than the species. Again plant this so you can enjoy the fragrance.
Calycanthus x ‘Venus’ Height and Spread 8’x10’
This large flowering shrub is the result of hybridizing 3 different Calycanthus species. The resulting plant has shiny dark green foliage with large Ivory white fragrant flowers. The flowers smell like strawberries and melons. The flowering is primarily in spring though additional flowers are produced throughout the growing season. A beautiful waterlily like bloom.
Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ American Wisteria height 30’
This rapidly growing vine needs a heavy support to grow well. The lavender-blue flowers appear in May thru June. Although this vine is vigorous, it is not invasive like the Asiatic species. Flowering buds are produced on new wood so late frost damage is not an issue with this vine. So if you must have wisteria try this native selection.
Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ (Integrifolia Hybrid) height 8’
This lax climber blooms non-stop from June till October. The blue-purple bell shaped flowers have recurved sepals. We have used this in container plantings as well as in woodland gardens with gold Hostas, It can also be trained to grow through a gold needled conifer.
Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ (Viticella) Height 10’
This is another long blooming vine pale lavender-blue flowers, are bell shaped and fragrant. This works well climbing through a flowering tree and also on a trellis. Blooms summer to fall.